Hi Friends!  How was your weekend?  Or, more to the point, hopefully Monday and getting back to the grind has been relatively painless.  I’ve had a busy but good day so far, but I just wasted 45 minutes standing in line at the post office to pick up a package that required a signature.  My post office is always crowded, no matter the time of day or day of the week.  It’s like the week before Christmas every day in that place!   

I worked over the weekend which was interesting.  As my boss said, “It’s been a shit show in here.”  That pretty much sums it up, but whatever.  Work’s over for a few days and that’s all I care about.  Katie swears on her blog, too.  I’m not alone.  Why bleep it out anymore?  Hope you don’t mind.

In honor of having my “weekend” start on Sunday, we decided to hit up a restaurant in our neighborhood.   I love my neighborhood because it’s so diverse and fun!

Outdoor seating at restaurant with people outside

We walked over and had a few chips and homemade salsa 

Chips and salsa on tableClose up of salsa in bowl

Skylar loves chips & salsa!

Young girl sitting eating a chip
Young girl sitting with a drink and chips in front of her

Scott and Skylar split a cheese quesadilla.  He’s a vegan at home, and a whatever he wants when out.  See Here for more info on our different dietary paths if you care.  Someone always asks so there’s the link.

Plate of stacked cheese quesadillasClose up of cheese quesadillas


With Guac and Sour Cream
Close up of guacamole on plate
Young girl eating quesadilla

Scott got busy with a Shirley Temple.  I couldn’t make this up.

Glass of Shirley Temple

While I preferred an adult beverage

Woman drinking sitting at outdoor patio seating

It was called the Tea Bag Sr. which had Seagram’s Sweet Tea Flavored Vodka (filled half way up) and topped with Pink Lemonade, and Squirt of Lemon.  I highly, highly recommend this vodka.  I am not being paid to say this.  New to me, but I will be buying it in the future.

Tea Bag Sr. mixed drink
This kept me comfortably numb comfortable for awhile.
Elise and Holly both seemed “comfortable” this weekend, too.  Yay for Living.Your.Life.

The crazy thing is when we went to the Gay Pride Parade earlier in the summer I caught a tshirt that was thrown off a float

Woman squatting and hugging young girl at Gay Pride Parade


The tshirt I caught here was of the exact vodka in the drink that I just fell tried and fell in lust with.   
Seagram's Sweet Tea Vodka T-shirt
Back of T-shirt saying Wickedly Sweet
Maybe it was a psychic vodka premonition catching that tshirt.  Haha!

Anyway, you know life is good when you get plastic animals in your drink

Red plastic monkey licking lemon slice Red plastic monkey and blue plastic camel

It was great getting out for an hour.  When going out with a 3 year old, an hour is all she wrote.  The jig is up after an hour.   We walked home and relaxed.

Woman sitting with sweater on at outdoor seating smiling

From my last post about New Fitness Tips and Do they Exist or not, many of you said no, nothing is really all that “new” anymore but that sometimes a gem does come along that keeps your interest or is information you forgot about and can use again.

Naomi hit it on the head when she said: There are no new fitness tips, but different ones catch your attention at different times.

And Madeline as well said: How many times have you read a variation of “eat less and exercise more?” ugh.

Gina made a good point that there are diamonds in the rough, little gems that keep you going: i totally agree about the fitness tips- BUT, there are definitely *new to me* fitness tips that i learn all the time (like how putting a bender ball in between your knees while squatting takes the emphasis from your quads to your booty). that’s why i think it’s good that fitness tips are thrown around, because what might be old hat to be, may be new and useful to someone else.

I enjoyed reading about what Exercise, Diet, and Life Tips you Live By.   Your life motto’s type tips.  Those were great.  Everything from  Check out this Post and Comments to see some gems!

Tip of the Day: My Zevia Give Away!


***The contest ends on Wednesday, September 22, 2010*** 
 Zevia drinks in multiple flavors
Have fun everyone!  Thanks Zevia!


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Dessert: Raw Vegan Apple Crumble
Take advantage of cheap fall apples!  This one is super easy and will convert even die-hard traditional apple pie fans.

Apple mixture for Raw Vegan Apple Crumble
Finished Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in clear container
Side view of Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in container

1. Best Thing You Ate or Did over the weekend?
Me = time with my family.  Simple stuff.  Fresh salads, long walks, great weather, deep breaths, not feeling rushed.  That’s what I love about weekends.  And of course, our little outing and my drink rocked.

And I got in some nice Lifting Workouts over the weekend at home.  They came from my Workout Tab
Scroll down to the part about If you Can’t Get to the Acutal Gym…  That’s what I did.

2. Have you ever tried that Sweet Tea vodka?  Or any new beverage finds you’d like to tell me about?
I don’t know what I was waiting for, but I love sweet + tea + vodka.  Perfect.

3. Are you able to leave your work “at the office”?  Or do you bring it home with you?
I’ve had a variety of different jobs in my life and some are easier to leave behind than others.  Currently, I try hard to leave it all behind me because my family matters more than anything so why carry it home, vent and stew about things that didn’t go as planned, worry about coworkers, bosses, and various drama that is done and I can’t change things or people anyway.  I know, easier said than done, but the older I get, the more I try to compartmentalize and leave work at the office.  

4. Are you a channel flipper?  
I was in my car for awhile today and I admit, flipped radio stations a zillion times.   No, I don’t have satellite radio and no I don’t bring my ipod or cd’s in my car usually.  I just use the radio.  Oh, I am so old school.  But I also channel flip.   Searching for that “perfect” song.  The grass is always greener on the next channel, but of course.

And with TV channel flipping, I’m the worst.  That’s why I have to DVR things otherwise I just am not content to watch whatever is on and I will channel flip, incessantly.  And drive Scott nuts.  Because of course I am in charge of the remote control, not him, no way!  hah!

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